Nation: How the World Sees Nixon--Suspended Judgment

WORLD reaction to the U.S. presidential election ranged from the Saigon Post's jubilant banner, "HELLO, NIXON!" to an "Oh no, not Nixon!" from liberals who have mistrusted him for nearly two decades. Even so, the very closeness of the presidential vote exerted a curiously quieting effect on most nations. Americans after all, had been sober and responsible in casting the majority of their votes for two moderates and rejecting the Wallace extreme.

If many foreign statesmen greeted Nixon's election with equanimity and even pleasure, it was partly because of familiarity. In his eight years...